A little help from my friends: Beck performs his latest 'Song Reader' album during an evening that saw performances from Franz Ferdinand, Jarvis Cocker, The Mighty Boosh, Beth Orton and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Depending on the way you look at it, Beck's decision to release his last album in the form of sheet music was either incredibly innovative or unforgivably pretentious. Released in December 2012, Song Reader comprised of twenty songs in sheet music form as well as over one hundred pages of art. The idea behind the unusual decision was to let the fan become the composer, with many interpretations quickly surfacing online showing the versatility of the pieces.
Prolific Experimentalist Beck Invited A Host Of Artists To Help Him Perform Song Reader live.
This was all very well if you're a Beck fan with some degree of musical talent but for those hungering for the white rap of Odelay, the pop experimentation of Midnite Vultures or the sweet melancholy of Sea Change were left feeling a little bemused and perhaps even cheated.
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Ahead of the release of their third album, Walk The River (Released 18th April, 2011), Guillemots have created a buzz around themselves by inviting fans to a handful of secret gigs. I caught up with the three men of the band ahead of their Birmingham secret gig at Ikon Eastside...
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I Must Be A Lover is the second single from Guillemots third album 'Walk The River'. Released on 3rd July through Geffen Records the single is 'a rousing call of defiance against inner demons, a prayer for optimism which cascades its way into a joyous and jubilant finale'.
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After pouring his heart out following the emotional breakdown of a particularly significant relationship, Fyfe Dangerfield rejoined his mother ship to get on with life and help his original band make album number 3, 'Walk The River'. It's taken 20 long months to eventually see the light of day and you'd have to say it's not exactly been worth the wait. I don't know whether he's still not over it, never had closure or simply that the band as a collective have lost direction or imagination. Fair, average, OK, mediocre, alright etc are not really the types of words you'd want to be reading as adjectives to describe your latest work but they are precisely the words that capture the bloated and slightly pompous new album. Not wanting to be lumped in with the Indie crowd is one thing but taking inspiration from Coldplay or Snow Patrol is no act of genius either. Recorded in a "really boring industrial estate in London" comes as no real surprise as grey, not the 'Vermilion' or violet that is sung of, is the colour that washes over the twelve tracks.
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2006 was a triumphant year for the Guillemots. Their Mercury Music Prize-nominated album 'Through The Windowpane' won rave reviews across the board, was certified gold and - deservedly - put the critically acclaimed quartet on the map.
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